Katharine Seton

Postgraduate Student

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Gut microbes in health and disease

I attained a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science at Newcastle University in 2016. Straight after graduating from my degree I started my PhD entitled “Defining autoimmune aspects of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)”, funded by the charity Invest in ME and the University of East Anglia.

The aim of my PhD is to determine whether there is immune reactivity to enterobacteria in ME/CFS patients and determine whether the systemic immune response to enterobacteria leads to the generation of autoreactive immune cells and autoantibodies that have the capacity to home to the central nervous system and the brain.

My research interests are centered around the underlying pathology of ME/CFS. In addition, I am interested in immunology, autoimmunity and viral pathogenesis.

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